Game 5: York 2, Southern Maryland 0

A crowd of 2,177 showed up to watch the York Revolution at Sovereign Bank Stadium on a cold and blustery Wednesday evening, and Aaron Myette and Dan Reichert did their best to send the fans home quickly.

Myette pitched 6 1/3 innings and struck out eight Blue Crabs in a 2-0 shutout to help York to its second straight win. Myette dueled with Reichert — also a former major leaguer — for six innings and Reichert was equally brilliant. The right-hander struck out 10 hitters but served up a solo home run to Jason Aspito in the fifth, a run that proved to be enough for the Revs.

Travis Phelps came on in relief of Myette in the seventh with runners on the corners and only one out. But Phelps closed the door with authority. He struck out Adam Shorsher looking and then fanned Terrence McClain swinging to end the threat. Jason Olson pitched an eventful ninth — allowing a walk and a hit — but nailed down his first save of the year.

Player of the Game: Aaron Myette (York). Aspito — who knocked in the other York run with a single — and Phelps played huge roles in this victory, but Myette set the table for it all to happen. He had Southern Maryland’s hitters off balance with a number of good off-speed pitches and his fastball had more bite than his opening-night start in Camden, N.J. Myette only allowed five hits and walked two to pick up his first professional win in the United States since 2004.

Quotable:“I felt like I was attacking (the hitters) a lot better tonight than in my first start. Pretty much all offseason I was training in zero degrees, so this was actually nice.” — Aaron Myette, a British Columbia native, on the cold conditions Wednesday night.

Notes: Keoni De Renne managed a hit on his 29th birthday… York only had four hits in the game and stranded three runners on base… Phelps fired 1 2/3 innings and looked overpowering. He struck out three batters while giving up a walk… Dave Veres was not called on in the ninth for the save due to an unspecified injury. Revolution manager Chris Hoiles said he wants to give Veres another couple days to rest, and Wednesday’s chilly game was not the right place to insert the 41-year-old into the game… Southern Maryland is now scoreless in its last 24 innings… Clint Johnston had three of the Blue Crabs’ six hits Wednesday… Southern Maryland manager Butch Hobson had his club take fielding practice before the start of the game. It seemed to work. After committing four errors in a 9-0 loss Tuesday, the Blue Crabs were flawless in the field.

Game Recap (Final)

Southern Maryland — 000◊000◊000 — 0◊6◊0

York Revolution — 000◊010◊10X — 2◊4◊0

5TH: Jason Aspito launches an 0-1 pitch over the picnic pavilion in right field for his first homer of the year (1-0 York).

7TH: Matt Esquivel singles to center; Matt Dryer strikes out looking; Tyler Von Schell hit by pitch; Jason Aspito RBI single through the hole at first, Esquivel scores, Von Schell thrown out at third (2-0 York); Kenny Perez grounds out to second.

*Photos by Dispatch photographer Bill Kalina.

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10 Responses

  1. That’s pretty much the same lineup and batting order as last night, which is nice to see. Ezi seemed to respond well to being in the two spot yesterday.

    I’m predicting a big night for Matt Dryer. He’s due to bust out before too long.

  2. Myette with four strikeouts through two innings. He struck out the side in the second.

  3. Nice. Let’s hope that Friday’s struggles were just a case of not having enough work yet to be ready for the season and this is the Aaron Myette that we will see this year.

    I got out of work a bit late to make it to York comfortably in time for the game, but only a rain out will stop me from being there tomorrow. Big Thurm tomorrow, right?

  4. Yes. Corey Thurman is scheduled to start tomorrow night. He’ll face Ryan Bicondoa (1-0, 0.00 ERA).

  5. How’s the crowd look tonight?

  6. Very sparse crowd tonight. Probably around 2,000 due to the cold night.

    Myette struck out the side again in the fourth and Dan Reichert is matching him pitch for pitch.

  7. It sounds like one of those games where the team wishes it could have carried over some runs from the previous night. Pitching is clearly the strength this year, but who exactly is our hitting coach? This is where the team should bring in a former MLB player(Mike Bordick anyone?) to help out. I also think 2,000 on a cold weekday night in York is pretty good, considering Camden couldn’t draw 2,000 all weekend from what I saw. Looking forward to the Somerset series.

  8. The team does not have a hitting coach this year. Sam Snider was brought on to replace Ryan Minor and he is the third-base coach and an assistant coach. I don’t see this as a problem. Chris Hoiles is excellent with individual hitting instruction from what I’ve witnessed and heard from players.

    If a play was made for Bordick, which I’m not sure of, he was clearly happy in his current job — coaching the high school baseball team at Boys’ Latin outside of Baltimore. He told me at the Revolution’s Hot Stove dinner that his job allows him to be close to his young family after he was on the road so much during his playing days.

  9. Is Veres still a little gimpy at this point? I thought that he’s be in there in the 9th to close it out.

  10. Veres did make one appearance, striking out the side in a game in Camden over the weekend. But he tweaked his groin a little bit, although the injury is not considered serious.

    For more on the Revs’ injuries, read this post.

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